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My Personal Reflections on 2013

In 2013, God was good. But that's true every year, isn't it? His good character never changes. Ever. But life changes for us, and it changes in our world. And through that constant condition of change, God's goodness carries us. I'm reflecting this morning on how our world has changed and how my life has changed in the last year, and it's been a BIG year! Let me celebrate a few things... We had a baby. And he's precious. I don't mean to brag but... well, okay I DO …

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Wife In Ministry Gets A Unique Design

Every designer struggles from the same phenomenon. As much as we stress over pleasing clients, we find it even more challenging to please ourselves. We are our own worst critics. But I'll add that designing for our spouse probably tops the list. If there is anyone I want to make happy (and whom I believe deserves a sweetly designed blog), it's my awesome wife, Angie. So we've just re-designed her blog to be a bit more... Angie. I think she has ultimately struck a pretty …

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Me!! I Found One!!

It's ancient Hebrew poetry, and it's found in the midst of wisdom literature. So if you understand the biblical context of Proverbs 31:10, it makes sense as a rhetorical question. "Who can find a virtuous woman? For her worth is far above rubies." As Solomon recounts the advice of his mother to him about finding the ideal woman, she concludes that the ideal woman can't be found. But the purpose is not to say that no women are virtuous, but rather to make a point: virtuous …

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Reasons I’m Thankful for My Wife

Today is the day before Thanksgiving. In years past, I've gotten to spend this day with my family, either in the car traveling, or with extended family. I miss that today! I'm sitting in my office at Saddleback, which I enjoy, but not nearly as much as being with Angie. Let me tell you why... …

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My Wife Is the Cool One

My wife is the better half of us, for sure. Being a teaching Pastor and active blogger, I tend to make a lot of connections with people. My voice is heard from the pulpit or in print and therefore, attention comes my way whether I'm comfortable with it or not. But what people may or may not realize is that I'm not the cool one in our house - my wife is! Angie has compassion for people whom I overlook. She hears the voice of truth under pressure when I get stressed …

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Samuel David Cox Is Here

Samuel was born at 7:39 this morning weighing 8 pounds, 11 ounces and 20.5 inches long. Here's a slideshow of Flickr photos... …

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Our Nine-Month Journey To Samuel

That picture is of Samuel David, five days from fertilization. I'm writing this about twelve hours before we find ourselves at the hospital for a scheduled c-section. We're here. There was a time when we really wondered if we'd be here. …

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Today, We Take a Little Leap

I'm writing this brief note just a couple of hours before my wife gets home... from work... for the last time (at least for a really, really long time). We've never done this before. She's going to stay at home. She's a little excited and a little nervous. I'm pretty happy about the whole experiment. We have other leaps coming up too. After she gets home from work... for the last time... we're going to the Doctor who will check everything out and make sure we're all-a-go …

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Announcing the Name of Our Son

Our baby boy is due in April of 2010. That's a miraculous thing for which we are very thankful to God. It's been a long journey and we've prayed for a long, long time for this second child. We're officially naming him Samuel David and you must read my wife's post about how we arrived at that name. She tells the moving story far better than I could. …

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My Wife on What the Lord Has Done In Our Lives

I admire my wife's ability to write about matters of the heart, and deeper matters about our lives. I've been limited in my writing about our struggle with infertility (which has ended now), but she's put it quite well over at her blog, The Sweet Life. Read on... What the Lord Has Done …

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